2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2009 NCAA Division I FBS season
Alabama vs Tennessee 2009-10-24.jpg
Alabama v. Tennessee
Number of teams 120[1]
Duration September 3 – December 12
Preseason AP No. 1 Florida Gators
Post-season
Duration December 19, 2009 –
February 6, 2010
Bowl games 34
Heisman Trophy Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
Bowl Championship Series
2010 BCS Championship Game
Site Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
Winner Alabama Crimson Tide
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2008
2010 →

The 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2009.

The regular season began on September 3, 2009 and ended on December 12, 2009. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2010 with the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California, where the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns by the score of 37–21.

For the first time in the history of the Heisman Trophy, the annual award for the most outstanding player in college football, two previous Heisman winners played in the same season—2008 winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and 2007 winner Tim Tebow of Florida.[2] For the first time since 1946, the top three vote-getters from the previous season all returned: Bradford, Colt McCoy of Texas, and Tebow, in that order.[3]

Rule changes[edit]

The NCAA football rules committee proposed several rule changes for 2009.[4] The rule changes include the following:

  • If the home team wears colored jerseys, the visiting team may also wear colored jerseys so long as the two teams have agreed to do so. This rule comes as a result of the traditional USC-UCLA game where both teams wore their home uniforms. Previously, the visiting team would be charged a first-half timeout for illegal equipment.[5]
  • If the punter carries the ball outside of the tackle box, he is no longer protected under the roughing the kicker penalty.
  • Deliberately grabbing the chin strap is now included as part of the face mask penalty.
  • The edge of the tackle box is defined as being five yards to the left and right of the snapper, rather than two parallel lines from the position of the offensive tackles.
  • Periods will not be extended for plays that result in loss of down (i.e. illegal forward pass).
  • If a defensive player is injured, the play clock will be reset to 40 seconds. The play clock will be reset to 25 seconds for an injury to an offensive player.

Conference changes[edit]

Western Kentucky joined the Sun Belt Conference after playing their transition FBS season in 2008 as an Independent. The number of full FBS members increased to 120.

School 2008 Conference 2009 Conference
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers FBS Independent Sun Belt

New and updated stadiums[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2009 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 24 Clemson x   6 2         9 5  
Boston College   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
NC State   2 6         5 7  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Georgia Tech* x$   7 1         11 3  
No. 10 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
No. 19 Miami   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina*   0 4         0 5  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
December 5, 2009
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins.
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Cincinnati $   7 0         12 1  
No. 25 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
No. 15 Pittsburgh   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers   3 4         9 4  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   1 6         4 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Ohio State $   7 1         11 2  
No. 7 Iowa %   6 2         11 2  
No. 9 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 16 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Northwestern   5 3         8 5  
Michigan State   4 4         6 7  
Purdue   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 9  
Michigan   1 7         5 7  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 14 Nebraska x   6 2         10 4  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Kansas State   4 4         6 6  
Iowa State   3 5         7 6  
Colorado   2 6         3 9  
Kansas   1 7         5 7  
Southern Division
No. 2 Texas x$   8 0         13 1  
Oklahoma State   6 2         9 4  
No. 21 Texas Tech   5 3         9 4  
Oklahoma   5 3         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         6 7  
Baylor   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Texas 13, Nebraska 12
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
East Carolina x$   7 1         9 5  
UCF   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   4 4         7 6  
UAB   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Houston xy   6 2         10 4  
SMU x   6 2         8 5  
Tulsa   3 5         5 7  
UTEP   3 5         4 8  
Rice   2 6         2 10  
Tulane   1 7         3 9  
Championship: East Carolina 38, #18 Houston 32
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Ohio xy   7 1         9 5  
Temple x   7 1         9 4  
Bowling Green   6 2         7 6  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Akron   2 6         3 9  
Miami   1 7         1 11  
West Division
No. 23 Central Michigan x$   8 0         12 2  
Northern Illinois   5 3         7 6  
Western Michigan   4 4         5 7  
Toledo   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   2 6         2 10  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 TCU $   8 0         12 1  
No. 12 BYU   7 1         11 2  
No. 18 Utah   6 2         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         8 5  
Wyoming   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   3 5         5 7  
San Diego State   2 6         4 8  
New Mexico   1 7         1 11  
Colorado State   0 8         3 9  
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Oregon $   8 1         10 3  
Arizona   6 3         8 5  
Oregon State   6 3         8 5  
Stanford   6 3         8 5  
No. 22 USC   5 4         9 4  
California   5 4         8 5  
Washington   4 5         5 7  
UCLA   3 6         7 6  
Arizona State   2 7         4 8  
Washington State   0 9         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Florida x%   8 0         13 1  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Kentucky   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   8 0         14 0  
No. 17 LSU   5 3         9 4  
No. 20 Ole Miss   4 4         9 4  
Arkansas   3 5         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 32, Florida 13
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy $   8 0         9 4  
Middle Tennessee   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Monroe   5 3         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   5 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   4 4         6 6  
Arkansas State   3 5         4 8  
FIU   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   1 7         2 10  
WKU   0 8         0 12  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of January 6, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll
2009 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Boise State $%   8 0         14 0  
Nevada   7 1         8 5  
Fresno State   6 2         8 5  
Idaho   4 4         8 5  
Hawaii   3 5         6 7  
Louisiana Tech   3 5         4 8  
Utah State   3 5         4 8  
New Mexico State   1 7         3 10  
San Jose State   1 7         2 10  
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           10 4  
Notre Dame           6 6  
Army           5 7  
As of December 31, 2009; Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference championship games
Conference Champion Runner-Up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year
ACC #12 Georgia Tech (vacated) #25 Clemson 39–34 C. J. Spiller, RB, Clemson Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Big 12 #3 Texas #21 Nebraska 13–12 Colt McCoy, QB, Texas Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
C-USA East Carolina #18 Houston 38–32 Case Keenum, QB, Houston (C-USA MVP)
Joe Webb, QB, UAB (OPOY)
Bruce Miller, DE, Central Florida
MAC Central Michigan Ohio 20–10 Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple
SEC #2 Alabama #1 Florida 32–13 Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Other conference champions
Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year
Big East #4 Cincinnati 12–0 (7–0) Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh
Big Ten #8 Ohio State 10–2 (7–1) John Clay, RB, Wisconsin Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
Mountain West #3 TCU 12–0 (8–0) Andy Dalton, QB, TCU Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
Pac-10 #7 Oregon 10–2 (8–1) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Sun Belt Troy 9–3 (8–0) Levi Brown, QB, Troy Cardia Jackson, LB, Louisiana-Monroe
Chris McCoy, DE, Middle Tennessee
WAC #6 Boise State 13–0 (8–0) Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

For the first time since 1983, every conference in Division I FBS, even those that did not contest a championship game, had an undisputed champion.

In July 2011, the NCAA released its findings in a 2-year investigation into allegations of a Georgia Tech player receiving $321 of clothing from a runner for an agent. While, no conclusive evidence was brought against the player, actions taken by the GT athletic department were perceived as an attempt to hinder the NCAA investigation into this offense. Despite requesting the investigation be kept a secret, the Georgia Tech AD informed head coach Paul Johnson of the investigation. The NCAA determined that the player should have been declared ineligible for the final three games of the 2009 season. To punish Georgia Tech for an accused "lack of cooperation" and hindering the investigation, they were required to vacate the ACC Championship game win, along with other penalties. As such, there is currently no official 2009 ACC Champion.[7]

Bowl games[edit]

[8]

Non-BCS Bowls
Date Game Site Teams Winner
Dec 19[9] New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wyoming (6–6, 4–4 MWC)
Fresno State (8–4, 6–2 WAC)
Wyoming 3528 (2 OT)
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Rutgers (8–4, 3–4 Big East)
UCF (8–4, 6–2 C-USA)
Rutgers 45–24
Dec 20[10] R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
Middle Tennessee (9–3, 7–1 Sun Belt)
Southern Miss (7–5, 5–3 C-USA)
Middle Tennessee 42–32
Dec 22[11] Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas
#14 BYU (10–2, 7–1 MWC)
#18 Oregon State (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
BYU 44–20
Dec 23 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
#23 Utah (9–3, 6–2 MWC)
California (8–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Utah 37–27
Dec 24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
SMU (7–5, 6–2 C-USA)
Nevada (8–4, 7–1 WAC)
SMU 45–10
Dec 26[12][13][14] Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
Detroit
Marshall (6–6, 4–4 C-USA)
Ohio (9–4, 7–1 MAC)
Marshall 26–17
Meineke Car Care Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
#17 Pittsburgh (9–3, 5–2 Big East)
North Carolina (8–4, 4–4 ACC)
Pittsburgh 19–17
Emerald Bowl AT&T Park
San Francisco
#24 USC (8–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Boston College (8–4, 5–3 ACC)
USC 24–13
Dec 27[15] Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
Clemson (8–5, 6–2 ACC)
Kentucky (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Clemson 21–13
Dec 28[16] Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
Georgia (7–5, 4–4 SEC)
Texas A&M (6–6, 3–5 Big 12)
Georgia 44–20
Dec 29[17] EagleBank Bowl RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
UCLA (6–6, 3–6 Pac-10)
Temple (9–3, 7–1 MAC)
UCLA 30–21
Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
#25 Wisconsin (9–3, 5–3 Big Ten)
#15 Miami (9–3, 5–3 ACC)
Wisconsin 20–14
Dec 30[18] Roady's Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho
Idaho (7–5, 4–4 WAC)
Bowling Green (7–5, 6–2 MAC)
Idaho 43–42
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
#22 Nebraska (9–4, 6–3 Big 12)
#20 Arizona (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
Nebraska 33–0
Dec 31[19] Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Air Force (7–5, 5–3 MWC)
Houston (10–3, 6–2 C–USA)
Air Force 47–20
Brut Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Oklahoma (7–5, 5–3 Big 12)
#21 Stanford (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
Oklahoma 31–27
Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston
Navy (9–4)[N 1]
Missouri 13 (8–4, 4–4 Big 12)[20]
Navy 35–13
Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Iowa State (6–6, 3–5 Big 12)
Minnesota (6–6, 3–5 Big Ten)
Iowa State 14–13
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta
#11 Virginia Tech (9–3, 6–2 ACC)
Tennessee (7–5, 4–4 SEC)
Virginia Tech 37–14
Jan 1[21] Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Auburn (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Northwestern (8–4, 5–3 Big Ten)
Auburn 38–35 (OT)
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
Florida State (6–6, 4–4 ACC)
#16 West Virginia (9–3, 5–2 Big East)
Florida State 33–21
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
#13 Penn State (10–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
#12 LSU[22] (9–3, 5–3 SEC)
Penn State 19–17
Jan 2 International Bowl Rogers Centre
Toronto, Canada
South Florida (7–5, 3–4 Big East)
Northern Illinois (7–5, 5–3 MAC)
South Florida 27–3
Papajohns.com Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
Connecticut (7–5, 3–4 Big East)
South Carolina (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Connecticut 20–7
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Ole Miss (8–4, 4–4 SEC)
#19 Oklahoma State (9–3, 6–2 Big 12)
Ole Miss 21–7
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
Arkansas (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
East Carolina (9–4, 7–1 C–USA)
Arkansas 20–17 (OT)
Valero Energy Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio
Texas Tech (8–4, 5–3 Big 12)
Michigan State (6–6, 4–4 Big Ten)
Texas Tech 41–31
Jan 6 GMAC Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
Central Michigan (11–2, 8–0 MAC)
Troy (9–3, 8–0 Sun Belt)
Central Michigan 44–41 (2OT)
Bowl Championship Series
Date Game Site Teams Winner
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
#8 Ohio State (10–2, 7–1 Big Ten)
#7 Oregon (10–2, 8–1 Pac-10)
Ohio State 26–17
Allstate Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
#5 Florida (12–1, 8–0 SEC)
#3 Cincinnati (12–0, 7–0 Big East)
Florida 51–24
Jan 4 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
#6 Boise State (13–0, 8–0 WAC)
#4 TCU (12–0, 8–0 MWC)
Boise State 17–10
Jan 5 FedEx Orange Bowl Land Shark Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
#10 Iowa (10–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
#9 Georgia Tech (11–2, 7–1 ACC)
Iowa 24–14
Jan 7 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
#1 Alabama (13–0, 8–0 SEC)
#2 Texas (13–0, 8–0 Big 12)
Alabama 37–21
  1. ^ Navy won seven games to be bowl-eligible, as they are playing a 13-game schedule. They secured the bid on November 7 with a 23–21 win over Notre Dame.

Bowl Challenge Cup standings[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Games
left
Pct.
Division I FBS Independents * 1 0 0 1.000
MWC 4 1 0 .800
Big East 4 2 0 .667
SEC 6 4 0 .600
Big Ten 4 3 0 .571
Big 12 4 4 0 .500
WAC 2 2 0 .500
Sun Belt * 1 1 0 .500
ACC 3 4 0 .429
C-USA 2 4 0 .333
Pac-10 2 5 0 .286
MAC 1 4 0 .200

* Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible. (In any case, "Independent" is not a conference, rather, it is the lack of one.)

Awards and honors[edit]

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player

Player School Position 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Mark Ingram Alabama RB 227 236 151 1304
Toby Gerhart Stanford RB 222 225 160 1276
Colt McCoy Texas QB 203 188 160 1145
Ndamukong Suh Nebraska DT 161 105 122 815
Tim Tebow Florida QB 43 70 121 390[23]

Other award winners[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Records[edit]

  • The Iowa Hawkeyes became the first NCAA Division I FBS team to block two field goals on consecutive plays in their season-opening win over Northern Iowa.
  • Brandon West of Western Michigan set the NCAA Division I FBS records for career all-purpose yards and career kick return yards. On November 14, West broke the record of 7,573 all-purpose yards set by DeAngelo Williams of Memphis.[26] Against Michigan State on November 7, West broke the record of 2,945 return yards set by Jessie Henderson of SMU.[27] West finished the season setting the records at 3,118 kick return yards and 7,764 total yards.[28][29]
  • Russell Wilson of North Carolina State set a new Division I record for most passes attempted without an interception, breaking the previous record of 325 set by André Woodson of Kentucky from 2006–07. Wilson broke the record in the third quarter of the Pack's 45–14 win over Gardner–Webb on September 19.[30] The streak ended at 379 on October 3 against Wake Forest. Wilson's last interception had been in the third quarter of the Wolfpack's game against Clemson on September 13, 2008.[31]
  • Texas' Colt McCoy picked up his 43rd career win as a starting quarterback, breaking the previous FBS record of 42 by Georgia's David Greene, with a 51–20 win over Kansas on November 21.[32] The record was extended to 45 with wins over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale and Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game. However, his streak ended at the BCS Championship when he was injured early in the first quarter, and the Longhorns lost 37-21.
  • C. J. Spiller of Clemson set a new record for career kickoff return touchdowns on the opening kickoff of the Tigers' game against archrival South Carolina on November 28. His seventh career TD return broke the previous record held by Anthony Davis of USC and Ashlan Davis of Tulsa.[33]
  • Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour set a new FBS record for most combined career touchdowns passing, rushing, and receiving in the MAC Championship Game against Ohio. His two TD passes in the game gave him a career total of 148, surpassing the previous record of 147 held by Colt Brennan of Hawaiʻi and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech. In the GMAC Bowl, he passed for a TD and ran for another, ending his career with a total of 150 TDs.
  • On December 12, 2009 against rival Army, Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs ran for his 24th rushing touchdown on the season, giving him the single-season record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.[34]
  • On December 30, 2009 in the Humanitarian Bowl against Idaho, Bowling Green wide receiver Freddie Barnes broke the single-season record for receptions, accumulating 155 total receptions on the year.

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Pre-season
School Outgoing coach Reason Replacement
Army Stan Brock Fired Rich Ellerson
Auburn Tommy Tuberville Resigned/Retired Gene Chizik[35]
Ball State Brady Hoke[36] Hired as head coach at San Diego State Stan Parrish
Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski Fired Frank Spaziani
Bowling Green Gregg Brandon Fired Dave Clawson
Clemson Tommy Bowden Resigned Dabo Swinney
Eastern Michigan Jeff Genyk Fired Ron English[37]
Iowa State Gene Chizik Hired as head coach at Auburn Paul Rhoads[38]
Kansas State Ron Prince Fired[39] Bill Snyder[40]
Miami (OH) Shane Montgomery Resigned Mike Haywood
Mississippi State Sylvester Croom Resigned Dan Mullen
New Mexico Rocky Long Resigned Mike Locksley[41]
New Mexico State Hal Mumme Fired DeWayne Walker
Oregon Mike Bellotti Promoted to Oregon athletic director[42] Chip Kelly[42]
Purdue Joe Tiller Retired[43] Danny Hope[43]
San Diego State Chuck Long Fired Brady Hoke[36]
Syracuse Greg Robinson Fired Doug Marrone[44]
Tennessee Phillip Fulmer Resigned/fired Lane Kiffin[45]
Toledo Tom Amstutz Resigned Tim Beckman[46]
Utah State Brent Guy Fired Gary Andersen
Washington Tyrone Willingham Fired Steve Sarkisian[47]
Wyoming Joe Glenn Fired Dave Christensen[48]

Postseason[edit]

Note:

  • All November and December dates are in 2009; all January dates are in 2010.
  • Incoming coaches who were the designated replacement for their predecessors are in bold italics.
End of season
School Outgoing coach Date of departure Reason Replacement Date of replacement
Akron J. D. Brookhart November 28 Fired[49] Rob Ianello[50]
Buffalo Turner Gill December 12 Hired by Kansas[51] Jeff Quinn December 21 (effective January 2)
Central Michigan Butch Jones December 16 Hired by Cincinnati[52] Dan Enos
Cincinnati Brian Kelly December 10 Hired by Notre Dame[53] Butch Jones December 16 (effective January 2)[52]
East Carolina Skip Holtz January 14 Hired by South Florida Ruffin McNeil January 21
Florida State Bobby Bowden December 1
(effective January 2)
Retired[54] Jimbo Fisher[54] December 1
(effective January 2)
Kansas Mark Mangino December 3 Resigned[55] Turner Gill[51] December 12
Kentucky Rich Brooks January 4 Retired[56] Joker Phillips January 4
Louisiana-Monroe Charlie Weatherbie November 30 Fired[57] Todd Berry[58] December 16
Louisiana Tech Derek Dooley January 15 Hired by Tennessee[59] Sonny Dykes[60] January 20
Louisville Steve Kragthorpe November 28 Fired[61] Charlie Strong[62] December 9
Marshall Mark Snyder November 29 Resigned[63] Doc Holliday[64] December 17 (effective December 27)
Memphis Tommy West November 9
(effective November 27)
Fired[65] Larry Porter[66] November 29
Notre Dame Charlie Weis November 30 Fired[67] Brian Kelly[53] December 10
San Jose State Dick Tomey November 17
(effective December 5)
Retired[68] Mike MacIntyre December 17
South Florida Jim Leavitt January 8 Fired[69] Skip Holtz[70] January 14
Tennessee Lane Kiffin January 12 Hired by USC[71] Derek Dooley January 15
Texas Tech Mike Leach December 30 Fired[72] Tommy Tuberville[73] January 10
UNLV Mike Sanford November 17
(effective November 28)
Fired[74] Bobby Hauck
USC Pete Carroll January 9 Hired by Seattle Seahawks[75] Lane Kiffin January 12
Virginia Al Groh November 29 Fired[76] Mike London[77] December 7
Western Kentucky David Elson November 9
(effective December 3)
Fired[78] Willie Taggart[79] November 29
(effective December 3)

On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance.[80] However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties in his absence.[81] Meyer returned from his self-imposed leave in time for Florida's 2010 spring practice.[82]

TV ratings[edit]

Ten most watched regular season games in 2009[edit]

  • 1. December 5 – 2009 SEC ChampionshipCBS – 1 Florida vs 2 Alabama – 17.969 million viewers
  • 2. December 5 – 2009 Big 12 ChampionshipESPN on ABC – 3 Texas vs 22 Nebraska – 12.693 million viewers
  • 3. September 12 – ESPN – 3 USC vs 8 Ohio State – 10.586 million viewers
  • 4. October 10 – CBS – 4 LSU vs 1 Florida – 10.496 million viewers
  • 5. October 17 – Red River RivalryESPN on ABC – 20 Oklahoma vs 3 Texas – 8.713 million Viewers
  • 6. September 7 – ESPN – Miami vs 18 Florida State – 8.406 million viewers
  • 7. September 12 – ESPN on ABC – 18 Notre Dame vs Michigan – 8.391 million viewers
  • 8. November 27 – Iron BowlCBS – 2 Alabama vs Auburn – 8.124 million viewers
  • 9. October 3 – ESPN on ABC Regional – 8 Oklahoma vs 17 Miami & California vs 7 USC – 7.834 million viewers
  • 10. November 28 – CBS – Florida State vs 1 Florida – 7.491 million viewers

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